Funny you should bring that up about the gears. All the Cyclone 2's had 325's from the factory. Posi's were optional from what I understand, but it's possible none ever received 'em. It's my understanding these cars were originally slated to receive the same option availability as all other Torino's including 4 speeds, etc. I have a pre-production dealer info brochure for my Cyclone that indicates CJ availability and manual trannys. I wonder if the upcoming 70 redesign had something to do with the changes as well. The King Cobra prototypes had Boss power as I recall.Finmach said:How about upgrading the rear with 3.25-3.50 gears as it should have been when the Talladega was released. Deeper gears would give more acceleration for the Tally and still good mpg depending on rear tires. I'll believe that it was Lee Iacocca who sent the mighty Boss 429 engine to Mustang despite the fact that Mustang needed heavy modifications to clear the new engine. I'll believe that there were different plans for homologating the new engine but who could resist Iacocca back then?
Situation is better with the wide-ratio toploader than the close-ratio. Wide-ratio has has 2.78 first gear compared to close-ratio 2.32 first gear. I would definitely go with the 3,25-3,50 to make the Tally scoot. If you have enoung money I would opt to TKO600 overdrive manual. It would be perfect match with 0,83 overdrive. You could paint in black or blue and call it original to chebby guys. You could have it with the hurst stick and T-handle to get stock appearing interior. Only bogie is that you would probably need to raise the transmission tunnel a little to fit the TKO. Just my 2 cent.TrickFlowRick said:Nice project! Keep us all posted on your progress. I know what you mean on the 3.00 gears with a wide-ratio Loader, it would need the lower first gear. My Galaxie with a 3.25 goes forever in first gear...over 50 mph. :lol: